This game was ugly for the Missouri offense from start to finish. I talked on Thursday’s podcast about how Georgia might cover the 16 1/2 point spread without scoring a lot of points. This was the rare occasion in which I nailed it. Missouri was never able to get anything going on offense. Georgia needed just 17 points to cover but ended up with 27. I did expect Missouri to score but maybe not double digits. Even that was asking for too much in this game with Kelly Bryant out.
Although he hasn’t been terrific this season, Missouri needs Kelly Bryant back in a bad way. He almost played in this game so I would expect him to play next week against Florida.
Missouri dropped to 2-3 in the SEC and 5-4 overall with the loss. The Tigers still need another win to be eligible for a bowl game.
QB Connor Bazelak really didn’t play enough to qualify in most cases but I wanted somebody to appear in this section and Bazelak did a good job in the limited snaps he had in this game. He was 8-for-12 for 64 yards. Bazelak led the Tigers down the field from their own 20 to the Georgia four yard line but failed to score. That possession was the only one in the game in which Missouri reached the red zone.
Room for Improvement
WR Kam Scott lacked effort on a nice pass by backup QB Taylor Powell on a nice pass with under two minutes left in the half. On the very next play Scott was called for a personal foul penalty for a half-the-distance-to-the-goal penalty.
QB Taylor Powell was put in a tough spot starting at Georgia. He was just 10-for-22 for 84 yards and one interception.
The offense was not able to move the ball until the final drive of the game. The Tigers were under 100 yards passing for most of the game even though they finished with 148. They were limited to 50 yards rushing. I couldn’t assign this to any one player. Georgia’s defense just dominated the Missouri offense.
Missouri returns home Saturday against Florida in an 11:00am kickoff.